Armed anti-Islamic protest in Dallas denounced by faith leaders

Dallas' Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter denounced the armed protest on Saturday of a South Dallas mosque.

A dozen people from a group calling itself the Bureau on American-Islamic Relations, BAIR, stood armed a short distance from the Nation of Islam mosque on Martin Luther King Blvd.

The BAIR group was outnumbered by counter-protesters from several other groups. The BAIR protest only lasted a few minutes. It appeared that Dallas police encouraged them to leave.

CAIR and the multi-faith task force said Monday it was time to stop the hostility.

“We wanted to say enough is enough. We wanted to come together and say you had your chance to speak your mind. Now you’re transcending into the bounds of inciting violence,” said Alia Salem, Council on American-Islamic Relations.

A FOX4 crew covering the event heard verbal threats of violence but did not see any occur.

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